November 2019 News

Nov 19

The Brainerd Dispatch recently shared this letter:

In a region like ours, it’s not always easy to identify youth who are without a safe place to stay. Most youth experiencing homeless in our area are sleeping on the couches of friends, staying in tents, in their cars or even in primitive shacks and ice houses.

Nov 14

An estimated 68,000 children in Minnesota currently live in the care of a grandparent or relative. These families often struggle to find much-needed services involving emergency or permanent custody, mental health care and financial support.

October 2019 News

Oct 23

The average U.S. college graduate leaves school with $30,000 in debt and, often, an uncertain plan for how to pay back the sum.

Of course, some students finish with no debt. Others wind up owing over $100,000 for their degree. You’ve likely heard the horror stories of people’s efforts to pay off their debt.

Perhaps you’ve heard of some success stories. But what are the tried-and-true methods for handling college debt?

Two experts joined MPR News host Angela Davis to explain the student debt crisis and advice for college-goers:

Oct 15

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) recently celebrated offering support, personal choice and meaningful relationships to the 150th person supported by Host Homes, LSS’ life sharing service.

The first service of its kind in Minnesota, LSS Host Homes offers individuals the benefits of living in a family home with the support to lead an independent life in their community.

Oct 14

The state of Minnesota awarded $10.9 million in job training grants to 42 agencies this month as part of its effort to boost wages and skill sets among people of color, immigrants and inmates and to reduce economic disparities that are among the worst in the nation.

The Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity program grants range in size from $63,000 to $450,000 and are “part of our equity goal,” said Hamse Warfa, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota received $350,000.

Oct 8

There is a growing population of East African families coming from refugee camps to Minnesota, especially to the southern-most counties including Le Sueur, Nicollet, and Blue Earth. The Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network (HAARAN) estimated that in 2017 there were 200 families in the Saint Peter and Mankato areas supporting 65 elders, ages 50 and over. These elderly people are experiencing social isolation, depression and post-traumatic stress from their experiences in the refugee camps.

September 2019 News

Sep 20

Michael Huray has been named Chief Financial Officer for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. Effective October 1, he will be responsible for Finance, Accounting, Information Technology and Property Management.